IOM: Migrant Arrivals in Greece by Sea Drop in February Due to Bad Weather

Southeast Europe | February 12, 2016, Friday // 21:48|  views

Refugees and migrants find temporary shelter outside a terminal building, after their arrival from the Greek islands of Aegean sea, at the port of Piraeus near Athens, Greece, 08 February 2016. EPA/BGNES

An estimated 83,201 migrants and refugeehave arrived in Europe between 1 January and 11 February, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced on Friday.

Some 77,303 of those people, or 92% arrived on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea from Turkey, IOM said in a news release.

The number of arrivals in Greece by sea has fallen in February due to bad weather. An estimated 5,110 migrants arrived in the first 10 days of February, compared to 72,193 in the whole of January.

About 44%of January arrivals were from Syria, 27%from Afghanistan, and 17% fromIraq, IOM said, citing data of Greek police.


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